Most of us working in healthcare came into our professions hoping to offer our patients hope.
Most healthcare is driven by hope. So says American medical ethicist William E Stempsey, a Jesuit priest trained as a medical doctor (Stempsey 2014). Patients, he says, hope for a cure, for relief from pain, for a return home; physicians and other healthcare providers hope to prevent illness in their patients, to make correct diagnoses and provide effective treatments; researchers hope to learn more about the causes of illness, to understand how treatments work, discover new and more effective methods. Most of us working in healthcare came into our professions hoping to offer our patients hope.